From LEE SPORTS INFORMATION
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Lee University men’s track & field team began its indoor season Sunday at the Emory Crossplex Invitational held at the Birmingham Crossplex in Alabama. The Flames …
The Flames collected seven individual wins, met four provisional mark and set six Lee records on their way to a first-place finish with 104.5 points. Alabama Huntsville finished second (110), Southern University was third (56) and Harding fourth (49).
Montevallo (36.5) and Christian Brothers (28) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, to round out the other Gulf South Conference schools to tally team points.
“This is the best our men’s team has ever performed at an indoor track meet,” said Lee University head coach Caleb Morgan. “Josiah (Brooks), Justin (Brooks), Harold (Smith) and Christian (Noble) all opened up really well and we’re looking to solidify their spots on the national qualifying list in the coming weeks.”
Josiah Brooks, Justin Brooks and Noble led the way with two wins each, while Smith added one more to the total.
Josiah Brooks claimed individual wins in the 60-meter dash and triple jump. His distance of 15.22 meters in the triple jump was 1.70 meters further than his nearest competitor and met the provisional qualifying mark of 14.42 meters. In the 60-meter dash, he just missed the provisional mark (6.88) with a time of 6.91 in the preliminaries. He recorded a time of 6.95 in the final to secure the individual win. He also placed second in the long jump with a Lee record and provisional qualifying mark of 7.14 meters.
Cason Still joined Brooks in the 60-meter dash. The freshman qualified with a time of 7.18 and improved to 7.11 to finish sixth in the final.
Noble earned his wins in the mile and the 3,000-meter run. He finished the mile in a Lee record time of 4:13.21 and joined with Smith to give Lee the top-two finishers in the 3,000-meter run. Noble won the race with a time of 15:24.93 and Smith crossed the line at 15:30.98. Moises Ponce stopped the clock at 16:17.93 for eighth place.
Jared Herzog and Alex Carter gave Lee three runners in the top nine of the mile. Herzog finished fifth (4:27.12) and Carter was ninth (4:30.03).
Justin Brooks was first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.64 to meet the provisional qualifying mark. He added another win and provisional mark with a 21.63 win in the 200-meter dash.
Josiah Brooks finished third in the 200-meter race and Still placed ninth (22.87). Teagan Lenox was 23rd in the 400-meter run with a time of 52.78.
Smith crossed the finish line at 1:54.92 to win the 800-meter run by over two seconds. Carter’s time of 1:57.79 put him in fifth place, while Herzog finished 11th (2:00.25).
Caleb Eagleson and Ben Tabor were Lee’s representatives in the 3,000-meter run. Eagleson finished third with a time of 8:47.24 and Tabor was seventh (8:51.96).
Daniel Surman and Evan Hansen became the first Lee athletes to compete in the pole vault and high jump during the indoor season. Surman’s height of 3.80 meters is the new Lee standard in the pole vault, while Hansen has set the mark at 1.90 meters in the high jump.
The Flames will take this next weekend off from competition before traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational on Feb. 2-3.
Lady Flames set 6
records at Crossplex
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Lee University women’s track & field team began its indoor season Sunday at the Emory Crossplex Invitational held at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Lady Flames collected one individual win, met one provisional mark and set six Lee records on their way to an overall fourth-place finish, second among non-Division I teams, after accumulating 55 points. Alcorn State was first with 73 points, while Emory (68) was second and Southern (66) was third.
Other Gulf South Conference schools tallying team points were: Alabama Huntsville (46.5), West Georgia (28), Christian Brothers (22), North Alabama (17) and Montevallo (13).
“The women looked great,” said Lee University head coach Caleb Morgan. “Emily (Buwalda) came back after running well on Friday to win the 800 today. Jordan (Allison) and Hannah (Buttolph) went 2-3 in the high jump. We had four women at 10:40 or better in the 3k, including a new school record of 10:18 run by Amy Carpenter. After such a strong opener, I’m excited to see how the women improve as the season progresses.”
Buwalda claimed the individual win and provisional mark in the 800-meter run. The senior’s time of 2:12.74 was nearly four seconds faster than second place Lisann Beuchler of Christian Brothers. The time was just off the pace she set at the Samford Invite Friday night when she finished sixth with a time of 2:11.87 in the Olympic Development race.
Joining Buwalda in Sunday’s race were Charlee Boxall, Blakely Moore and Lacey Duvall. Boxall placed fourth (2:18.74), while Moore was 20th (2:32.24) and Duvall was 24th (2:39.52).
Allison and Buttolph both reached 1.57 meters in the high jump to set the Lee record. Allison recorded her second record of the day in the 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore qualified for the finals with a time of 9.77 then placed seventh with a mark of 9.69.
Lynna Taylor also competed in the high jump and 60-meter hurdles. Taylor hit 1.37 meters to finish 17th in the high jump and recorded a time of 10.17 in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries.
In the 3000-meter run, Carpenter’s Lee record mark of 10:18.73 put her in second place behind Gabrielle Stravach (10:14.93) of Emory. Audrey Smith finished third at 10:20.00, Becca Umbarger was fifth (10:37.91) and Logan Hernandez was sixth (10:40.87). Lily Fell crossed the finish line at 11:25.43 (18th).
Camilla Sims’ toss of 13.28 meters in the weight throw set a Lee record and put her in fourth place. Faith Lewis (10.59 meters) and Autumn Meek (9.25 meters) finished 17th and 22nd, respectively.
Mikayla Beeler and Avery Truelove grabbed their spots in the record book with their performances in the jumping events. Beeler’s fourth place long jump of 5.01 meters and Truelove’s distance of 10.66 meters (eighth place) in the triple jump are the new Lee standards.
Truelove also participated in the long jump where she finished ninth with a distance of 4.83 meters. Buttolph placed 15th (4.59 meters) and Taylor was 25th (4.42 meters).
Lewis, Sims and Meek represented Lee in the shot put. Lewis finished seventh (11.49 meters), Sims was ninth (11.21 meters) and Meek placed 30th (8.50 meters).
Boxall led three Lady Flames in the 1 Mile Run with a second-place finish (5:03.47). Duvall stopped the clock at 5:26.17 (13th) and Moore’s time of 5:41.03 put her in 25th.
Kiley Brock was the top Lee finisher in the 60-meter dash. The junior posted a time of 8.08 in the preliminaries and the finals to finish ninth. Truelove had a time of 8.44 in the event.
Brock, Allison and Beeler placed in the top 21 of the 200-meter run. Brock was 15th (26.92), Allison placed 17th (27.18) and Beeler was 21st (27.45). Beeler also placed fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 59.94.
The Lady Flames will take this next weekend off from competition before traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational on Feb. 2-3.
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